Intel reported to be preparing killing off the desktop processor

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eire1274
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With everyone going nuts over mobile devices (cause even Microsoft went tablet-friendly with Windows 8), every little word that a chip-maker is going mobile friendly seems to start the rumor mill up again!

First, it was AMD's push towards the Trinity Mobile APU and their ARM processor design (which actually ISN'T mobile) created rumors that their big-core design had failed and was scrapped.

This time, Intel's Broadwell microarchitecture, which will be exclusively designed as a BGA (ball-grid array) for ULV and mobile applications, has generated articles that the DESKTOP IS DEAD:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57555305-92/intel-to-kill-off-desktop-as-we-know-it-reports-claim/
http://www.zdnet.com/intel-preparing-to-put-an-end-to-user-replaceable-cpus-7000008024/

Or is it?

Sensationalism sells, folks. Don't believe it.

AMD of course came back with a big "WTF?" and clarified that while the next generation has been pushed back a quarter for development in reducing power draw and heat output (same thing happened with Bulldozer and Piledriver, folks), it isn't killing anything.

On the Intel side, the follow-up to Broadwell is Skylake, and, yes, Intel confirms that Skylake will be LGA (land-grid array, or the modern variant of pin-grid array) and user-replaceable processors aren't dead.

There is a push ACROSS THE BOARD for low power devices, not just for tablets and notebooks, but for desktops as well. Apple Computers has renewed the All-in-One design, and everyone from Acer to Dell to HP is making their take on it, but the fact is that it is easier to cool a ULV platform in those tight cases, so of course the chip-makers will follow with designs that match the desires of their biggest customers, the PC manufacturers. But there will always be the power-users, the hobbyists, the gamers, those who will continue to need to pop the covers, dig in, and replace components to meet their needs.

So don't panic.

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Yep, its just a case of writers trying to sell a story nothing more I think, that if there is even the slightest possibility to twist something a spokesperson said, that if written will enough, the story will sell.

Its all about the money.

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Semi Accurate where the first to report on this after a site in Japan posted all of this. SA was about 24hrs ahead of all the other sites. The thing is that we wont see a socket after Haswell till Skylake. So, we are missing the 14nm shrink. This is very odd for Intel to do. Time will tell, but things are looking worrisome.

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Semi Accurate where the first to report on this after a site in Japan posted all of this. SA was about 24hrs ahead of all the other sites. The thing is that we wont see a socket after Haswell till Skylake. So, we are missing the 14nm shrink. This is very odd for Intel to do. Time will tell, but things are looking worrisome.

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Uh, I saw stuff on this 3 months ago. WAY ahead of SA. I will state my info wasn't from Japan, it was directly from Intel.

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Then why was no one talking about it then? If Intel said it then, everyone would have been freaking out three months ago.

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Seen that on tom's and that really turn me out, well WTF !!! Why they want to do that, why they want to eliminate the consumer option (as not any motherboard manufaturer will offer maybe that type of CPU or the other one with the features you want)

And what would come off after 2-3 years when someone computer broke and there's no replacement for it, just change the whole setup !! That just don't work in my head as too many components can fail and it's almost never the CPU so if the motherboard fails, even if you have a 400$ I7 (for comparaison) you have to change it... Not a good idea.

If they do that, i think AMD will came out off the graves and sells more of their FX line as they will (surely like the older one) keep the "old" AM3+ socket for a couple of years and comes out with new CPU when intel sells a really not needed package...

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Lol, Intel dropping desktop processors would be shooting themselves in the foot with a bazooka.

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It's only for one line, which is made specifically for mobile and integrated systems. Nobody freaked out about it because it isn't a total line shift (which is what the Japanese article just recently posted).

Total disinformation. Intel would be totally sacrificing the DIY and hobbyist market if they chose to never do LGA anymore, and that should be the first clue that this is misinterpreted information coming from Japan. I had to do a follow-up because Intel announced Broadwell as a BGA-exclusive quite a while ago, and nobody said anything then. Just takes one article to take it the wrong way and suddenly it is SENSATIONAL NEWS!

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